Samsung Semiconductor strives to provide a safe and stable working environment through respect, thus advocating the human rights of employees at Samsung Electronics and its partner companies based on communication, trust, and consideration.
Samsung Electronics is engaged in various activities across its business platform that aims to promote respect and protect the labor rights of its employees as well as employees of its partner companies. The company’s human rights policies are established based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
Samsung Electronics is dedicated to creating a healthy organizational culture in which everyone can perform at their full potential, given equal opportunities and a sense of inclusivity in a safe working environment.
We embed and integrate respect for human rights throughout our business to protect and promote the rights of employees of our company and of people in our supply chain.
Samsung Electronics labor and human rights framework Our framework for human rights to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for any adverse human rights impacts across our business activities is based on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).
Policies In setting up policies, Samsung Electronics adheres to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Samsung also complies with the local laws and the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) Code of Conduct.
Labor and Human Rights Impact & Risk Identification We operate a system that identifies and monitors factors that can affect employees' labor and human rights through a range of internal and external channels.
Samsung aims to create an organization where everyone feels included and is given equal opportunities to reach their full potential.
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) We believe that business innovations begin with diversity. One such example is ERG, a group created and run voluntarily by employees, where different ideas and opinions are exchanged and where differences are turned into strengths.
Learning and development We are aware of our individual prejudices and support each other to change our perspectives so we can recognize and accept diversity.
Women at Samsung We are committed to supporting and developing the potential of women within the workplace.
Samsung Semiconductor adheres to the highest level of safety at all sites around the world. We use advanced systems to manage chemicals and process and facility safety. To prevent accidents, we also carry out employee environmental safety training and emergency response training.
EHS organization To put the safety of Samsung Semiconductor and partner employees first, Samsung Semiconductor has set up an EHS organization. Teams of EHS experts and engineers practice the Environmental Safety Ten Commandments, which form the basis of safety protocols informed by the principle that environmental safety is the number one priority in all businesses and strive to create a culture of safety culture throughout the supply chain.
Responsible chemical management Samsung Semiconductor enforces strict policies and advanced chemical management systems to protect employees at all sites around the world as well as the local communities. Partners also follow hazardous material policies and safely manage, store, use, dispose and recycle chemicals that have undergone rigorous evaluations.
Independent fire stations Samsung Semiconductor operates its own 24-hour fire and chemical leak response teams on all sites to respond quickly within the golden hour in case of emergency situations such as fires and patients and offers support to local communities to minimize physical and human disasters.
Health and safety management system certification All Samsung Semiconductor sites follow health and safety management systems. After acquiring the ISO 45001 certification, the world's international standard for occupational health and safety, since 2018, all Samsung Semiconductor sites in Korea have been making the transition from OHSAS18001 to ISO 45001. As of late 2020, all Samsung Semiconductor manufacturing sites around the world have adopted the ISO 45001 standard and have set up health and safety management protocols that follow the new standard.
Just as Samsung Semiconductor employees continue to make an effort to save the planet on a daily basis, Samsung Semiconductor strives to help keep them healthy.
SHRI, the first health research institute in the semiconductor industry In 2010, Samsung Semiconductor opened the Samsung Health Research Institute or SHRI. SHRI is the first in the industry for workplace health and employee health research and studies potential hazardous substances, work environment and occupational dynamics.
Annual health checkups and special health screenings Samsung Semiconductor abides by the Occupational Safety and Health Act and offers annual health checkups to all employees. Samsung Semiconductor operates on-site health clinics that can carry out up to 150 physical exams a day. Comprehensive physical exams are conducted every year, every two years or every four years based on the employee’s age. Employees who handle chemicals are given special health checkups and are regularly monitored for any changes in health.
First company in Korea to have on-site COVID-19 testing During the COVID-19 pandemic, Samsung Semiconductor became the first private company in Korea to set up on-site COVID-19 testing facilities. Medical staff provide consultations in addition to collecting samples. The test results come out within 24 hours.
FIn-house medical care At Samsung Semiconductor, in-house medical care is available to employees any time during work hours, from dental, otolaryngology, dermatology and internal medicine to Chinese medicine and a pharmacy. There is also a Counselling Center and Mind Wellbeing Office, a mental health clinic.